Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 4.2, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM)!

Nokia 4.2  Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM) 
Nokia 4.2 Xiaomi Redmi 8A
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Excellence Score
20.9
24.3
Value for Money Score
66.9
78.4
Price ₹ 7,999 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.71 inches 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #73 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #73 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) F/1.9 Aperture, Sony IMX363 Sensor, 1.4um Pixel Size, Dual PDAF, 6P Lens
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.39 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 161 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 71.3 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby 600 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 18.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Audio Playback Time: upto 100 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Classy looks with a glass-on-front-and-back design, and a neat curved form factor - the Nokia 4.2 excels on the build and design front, and is easily on the best designed phones of this price segment
  • Compact, and very friendly for one-handed smartphone use
  • The power key houses a “breathing” notification light, which pulsates in white every time there’s a new notification
  • There is also a dedicated Google Assistant key, to fire up the assistant
  • Decent, modern, tiny-notch 5.71-inch display - with fairly rich colors
  • The best part about Nokia's phones remains the clean, stock Android One experience with the promise of regular software updates for up to two years
  • Android 9 Pie’s gesture navigation feature is enabled by default, and you get all other Pie goodies too, like Adaptive Battery and Digital Wellbeing
  • Decent battery life with a 3000mAh battery, supported by Android Pie's Adaptive Battery feature - you will comfortably get a day even with moderate use
  • Unlike earlier entry-level Xiaomi phones, this one packs a trendy thin-bezel, tear-drop notch design
  • Excellent construction and tactile feedback
  • The matte finish at the back feels reassuring in the hands, and gives a good grip to the phone
  • Fairly manageable weight-wise at 188g, which is commendable since it packs a large 5000 mAh battery
  • Splash resistant
  • Good, vivid display - one of the better ones in the entry segment - watching movies is an enjoyable experience
  • Packs Gorilla glass 5 protection, which is a huge bonus in this price segment
  • MIUI is a pretty refined and feature packed Android skin - some of the key add-ons include dual apps, second space, in-built call recording and the option to tweak the app icons
  • Dependable performance backed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa core processor - daily use is pretty smooth (though of course this phone is not really meant for high-end PUBG sort of gaming)
  • Pretty decent camera quality (front and back) for the price bracket
  • Daylight shots come out reasonably well in bright conditions - AI & HDR help in other conditions
  • Thanks to Dual PD auto focus, it can focus on objects quickly
  • Macro shots are good with good amount of details
  • Portrait mode is decent too
  • The 8-megapixel front camera is ok too - portrait for front camera uses software-based blur, and the edge detection is decent
  • Uses the modern USB-C standard, a first for this price segment
  • Excellent battery life with a massive 5000mAH battery combined with a 720p display - you will comfortably get 2 days of use
  • 18W fast charging support, which is again really commendable for this price point (though only a 10W charger is included in the box)
  • Redmi 8A is another excellent entry-level phone from the Xiaomi camp - it will be an especially good option if battery life is very important to you
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glass back is of course susceptible to fingerprints and smudges
  • While the fingerprint scanner at the back works well, it’s hard to find in a hurry with just your finger as there’s no dimple
  • Powered by a Snapdragon 439, performance (especially GPU) is not the Nokia 4.2's strong suit - so while the phone is fit for everyday tasks like light browsing, video playback, calling, messaging, and light gaming - if you are more of a power user, you will want to look elsewhere
  • Camera performance too is average, both from the dual rear cameras and single front camera
  • Photos taken are moderately bright and colourful but contain an unexpected tinge of light yellow
  • Photos taken indoors appear noisy and even a bit blurry no matter how steadily the phone is held
  • The default camera app, while easy to use, is on the slow side - the digital viewfinder freezes for nearly a second when a shot is taken or a mode is changed - the lag worsens while shooting in low light - rendering Live Bokeh shots and previewing regular shots taken through Auto mode also take over a second or two to happen
  • Average single bottom firing speaker - while it's loud - music sounds shrill on the ears when played at full volume
  • One the whole, while the Nokia 4.2 is a pretty decent budget Android One phone, it loses out on the performance front, and in the camera department, so if you are looking for a better 'all-rounder' budget phone, you will find better choices around
  • Xiaomi has added a Redmi logo on the lower bezel and that feels like a bit of an overkill given there is Redmi already engraved on the back
  • Face unlock is a bit slow/inconsistent at times (and there is no fingerprint sensor)
  • It's of course not as simple and clean as stock (or stock-like) Android phones - very few custom skins are - and like other recent Xiaomi phones, does have plenty of ads (you can disable them though)
  • While the overall camera quality is decent, it's a notch behind its main competitor, the Realme C2, which packs a better dual rear camera setup
Expert Reviews
  1. Nokia’s latest budget phone is a case of style over substance
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Quite underwhelming
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Notwithstanding its imperfections, the Nokia 4.2 carves out a space for itself in the budget smartphone market
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. In isolation, the Nokia 4.2 is good but it falls behind when compared with other devices in the same segment
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Nokia 4.2 has a lot of merits, but it's marred by the processor
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. With the competition in the budget segment, Nokia 4.2 might find it hard to stand out
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Nokia 4.2 may be a good looking phone but lags behind in core departments such as camera and performance
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Good, but not good enough
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. A budget phone, but no bargain
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Android One makes this one of the more reliable buys you can make at this price point
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Decent entry level smartphone...but faces stiff competition from rivals
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Difficult to recommend...finds itself among a very competitive bunch of phones
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. While still providing decent value for money, we would only recommend this phone to people who are really keen on a ‘stock’ Android experience
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. A lightweight, good-looking device stuck in a time warp
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. All-in-all, we loved the Nokia 4.2
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  20. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  22. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you want a budget smartphone or a low-cost secondary device, the Redmi 8A is a solid phone
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Budget blockbuster
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A reliable deal
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Incredible value at an incredible price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good option for those looking to get a stylish budget phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Worth recommending
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Best phone in this price bracket, but only if you don't mind ads
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best phone in its segment. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are looking to upgrade from an older budget phone or are a first-time smartphone user, the Redmi 8A is totally worth it
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A great buy for the price
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Very good value
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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